Amidst the swirling allegations of NCAA violations and premeditated resignation of legendary head coach Jim Boeheim, two Syracuse Orange players have announced that they will transfer from the program. B.J. Johnson and Ron Patterson could be the first of many Syracuse players to leave the school following the post-season ban and loss of scholarships.
Both players were towards the middle of the bench and would likely have been affected by the chance of losing their scholarships. Johnson, a 6’7” sophomore, averaged 4.2 points and 3.2 rebounds per game in 2014 while Patterson put up similar numbers totaling 2.6 points and 1.7 assists per contest.
Several reports indicated that Patterson will head closer to home in New Hampshire while it remains a mystery where exactly Johnson will be planning to transfer. With March Madness in full force, fans shouldn’t expect to see these two select their destinations until the end of the season, giving them optimal time to visit other schools. Although neither player is considered a star, each athlete will bring added depth and experience to whichever program is lucky enough to scoop them up.
Over the next four seasons, Syracuse will be limited to just 10 scholarships per year and the program currently has 11 scholarship players. The two transfers open up an additional roster spot that coach Boeheim can fill with a player of his choice. Still, a real possibility remains that other members of the roster will exit the program, leaving coach Boeheim in a difficult position as he heads into the home stretch of his career.
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